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THE GILLINGHAM DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

At the Town Council's Extraordinary Full Council Meeting on 13th February 2017 they received and considered the final revised draft of the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan.   The Council agreed that the plan (version 17c) with any further changes (as per the meeting) be adopted for submission to North Dorset District Council along with the necessary supporting information.

The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan Group was delegated with commencing the submission of all documentation on behalf of Gillingham Town Council and in consultation with the Mayor/Chairman of the Planning Committee, agree with North Dorset District Council the appointment of an independent examiner.


 

EIGHT WEEK PUBLIC CONSULTATION

16TH MAY - 10TH JULY 2016

SUMMARY OF THE DRAFT PLAN

Our vision is that Gillingham will become a place which combines the best of town and country living and creates a healthy environment for working people, young families, those in retirement and older people.   Future development will consist of well-planned areas which enhance the natural environment and provide beautifully and imaginatively designed homes that are affordable for ordinary people, together with job opportunities within easy reach and good access to healthcare.   The town will have strong cultural recreational and shopping facilities at the centre of its communities, together with integrated and accessible transport systems.   There will be generous green spaces (gardens, streets and open spaces) which will link to the wider natural environment, and provide opportunities for residents to grow their own food.   Local people's aspirations will be put at the heart of decision making, and through community ownership of land and a long-term stewardship of assets.

 

  • We hope it will support the type of housing that people particularly want to see in this area.   This includes affordable homes, more custom or self-build housing, for people wanting to design and build their own homes (either to create their dream home, or a home which they can afford,), and more flexible living accommodation that can adapt to all ages and lifestyles, including the increasing number of people working from home. (Policies 1, 3, 7 and 8 )
  • It should help our town centre thrive through providing some flexibility to adapt to the changes in retailing that are affecting many towns, and the likely expansion as our population increases with the new strategic neighbourhood in the south of the town.   In particular we hope to encourage a more comprehensive approach to be taken to the regeneration around the Station Road area to create a thriving sub-area of the town centre which links to and supports the High Street.   (Policies 7, 8, 11 and 27)
  • We have excellent schools and a really interesting and dynamic range of businesses.   The policies in the plan should support businesses looking to invest in the area.   The policies make sure that there are opportunities for businesses to locate or expand in the main employment sites, and further educational and vocational training to provide the skills for local workers that can really boost the local economy.   (Policies 4,6 and 15)
  • The road and rail links to the wider area make Gillingham a really attractive place to locate, in an attractive rural setting yet in easy reach of much larger towns and cities.   As the town grows, the transport infrastructure needs to grow with it, and therefore we have included proposals for the station as a transport hub, as well as some key pedestrian and cycle links providing attractive and convenient routes around the town.   (Policies 10 and 12)
  • We have a range of community buildings and venues, from schools and medical centres to pubs and post offices.   Many of these are located in the town centre, or within or close to the neighbourhood centres in the outlying suburbs.   Our policies look to safeguard these key facilities, and make sure new facilities come forward in core locations as the town grows.   (Policies 9 and 14-17)
  • We have a range of community buildings and venues, from schools and medical centres to pubs and post offices.    Many of these are located in the town centre, or within or close to the neighbourhood centres in the outlying suburbs.   Our policies look to safeguard these key facilities, and make sure new facilities come forward in core locations as the town grows.   (Policies 9 and 14-17)
  • The Network of green spaces within and around the town is really important to the character and enjoyment of the area.   We have identified those spaces which are really cherished by local residents, and include plans to provide more spaces where there is likely to be a deficit as the population grows including a new cemetery, better access to the river corridors and potential areas for further informal recreation and formal sports use. (Policies 6 and 18-13)
  • Guidance is also given on the heritage and design of new development.   Over the years, Gillingham has developed piecemeal with resulting differences in design, some harmonious, some less so.   However, the character of Gillingham as a small market town has remained largely intact and the policies look to make sure future designs cherish the best of the past whilst looking to the future.   (Policies 7, 13 and 24-28)
  • The plan does not allocate any further areas for development over that proposed in the Local Plan as the extent of development in the Strategic Southern Extension will provide a major source of new housing and employment land over the period this plan covers (to 2031)

What happens Next?

You consider the plan - 16 May to 10 July 2016.    The full version of the draft plan can be downloaded here

Go to the Events page to find out about opportunities to find out more and to discuss the plan

Let us know your thoughts by 10 July 2016 - go to the Comment on the draft plan page to find out how

On completion of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan a referendum will be held within the parish of Gillingham when you will be asked to vote YES or NO to the final document.

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